Matthew Armstrong

  • B.A.(Mus)
  • B.Ed
  • A.(Mus)A

Matthew’s musical career started in 1984 when he was given the chance to play the trumpet through Education Queensland’s Instrumental Programme. Years of practice eventually led him to joining the GCYO Symphony Orchestra and becoming a foundation member of the GCYO Big Band in 1991 under the direction of the current musical director, Bruce Davidson. This was the same year he received his first MOST scholarship from Ed Qld, the second being in 1993. Both times he had the opportunity to play in the Big Band under the guidance of Don Burrows.

In 1994 he was successful in gaining a position playing in the Qld Youth Big Band that played at such events as the World Gymnastics in Brisbane and as the supporting band for a one off gig with Ed Wilson. Matthew went on to study music at QUT completing his B.A.(Music) in 1996. This gave him the chance to be introduced to the art of conducting by Ralph Hultgren. While studying at QUT, he received his A.(Mus)A. on trumpet from AMEB as well as being a founding member of contemporary brass quintet, The Seventh Chapter. Then he continued his study at QUT completing a B.Ed in 2001.

Since then he has worked with Ed Qld teaching Instrumental Music in a number of schools over the Gold Coast conducting Concert Bands, Orchestras and Big Bands along with teaching woodwind, brass and percussion in groups lessons to students ranging in age from 10 to 18. Later on in 2003 he became the conductor of the now defunct GCYO Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. He was also the founding of the Little Big Band and is the conductor of the GCYO Big Band.

More recently, Matthew attended a conducting development programme offered by Symphony Australia conducting musicians in the ABC studios in Ultimo, Sydney under the guidance of Peter Moore. Keeping in touch with what started his musical career, Matthew has played trumpet in various GC Arts Centre productions and the Ed Qld Wind Ensemble. Also currently blasting out tunes with eight-piece band Madison Kat in venues around the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Details last updated: February 3, 2023